Elon Musk’s SpaceX company will launch the third-generation GPS satellite of the US Space Force into orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket launches from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. After the separation of the stages, SpaceX will land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.

The spacecraft will deploy in orbit approximately 1 hour 29 minutes after launch. A total of 32 third-generation GPS satellites are planned to be launched into orbit. They will replace the ones that now provide GPS signals around the planet.

There are already three such satellites in orbit. Recall that in September 2020, the US Space Force Center for Space and Rocket Systems announced an agreement with SpaceX on future missions to launch spacecraft for national security purposes.